What is important in beginner digital pianos or keyboards is that they would have a good value for money ratio. This means that the digital pianos must have just enough amount of different essential features, to make their purchase worthwhile to begin with. It is thus important not to sacrifice too much in quality just for a great deal.
Keyboards for beginners are instruments on which a beginner should develop his or her skills and excel through time. Namely these digital pianos must be good enough to give the beginners the all-important possibility to make such advances. Thus here comes a list that should bring out the best keyboard for beginners.
1. Yamaha DGX650B 88-Key Digital Piano
The Yamaha DGX650B is an 88 key graded hammer action digital piano. The full-set of 88 keys are piano style and velocity sensitive, while the digital piano offers a maximum of 128 note polyphony. In addition to this the number of voices stands at 147 +15 drum/SFX. Other essential features include audio recording and a pretty good number of 100 preset songs.
The Yamaha DGX650B also packs a good amount of effects as it has 35 types reverb and 44 types of chorus. The equalizer settings stand at 5, while the piano also has pitch bend and some pretty fine speakers. You can also always buy a sustain pedal to accompany this piano if such a need should be.
All in all this piano features pretty much everything a beginner and an intermediate musician should need. The only drawback is its relatively high price.
2. Yamaha Piaggero NP11 61-Key Portable Keyboard
The Yamaha Piaggero NP11 is a compact and light 61-key piano-style keyboard. The essential features of this beginners piano include 32-note polyphony, 10 preset voices, 4 types of reverb in the effects department, as well as a small number of preset songs. The piano also comes with a stereo speaker system and a MIDI: In/Out, while it also has a sustain pedal.
All this means that the Yamaha Piaggero NP11 offers a really great amount of features for its relative cost. It might not be the very best beginner keyboard, but still the only real drawback again is the number of keys.
3. Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano
Yamaha YPG-235 comes with 76 non-weighted velocity sensitive piano style keys. It also has a 2-way speaker system along with a true stereo sound and a bass-boost system, with two ports for either speaker. There is also a 6-track multi-track recorder and a master EQ function. What is more there are a total of over 100 songs included in the Yamaha YPG-235.
You can also save up to 16 Registration Channels to the keyboards memory, which allows you to save and load different sound systems. The number of voices on this model is 116 +12 drum/SFX and a maxium of 32 notes of polyphony. All of this makes the Yamaha YPG-235 one of the best, if not the very best digital piano for beginners currently out here.
4. Casio CTK Touch Sensitive Electronic Keyboard
Here is an affordable high performance portable beginners keyboard with 61 touch sensitive keys. The keyboard also includes a complete set of 157 voices, and 100 styles. There is also a pretty good selection of 100 built in songs, which is pretty good for a piano in this price range. Other useful features include lesson and chord dictionary functions, as well as recording and playback facility.
The drawback of this digital piano is that it only has 61 keys, but then again the cost of this piano is a real bargain and it is also highly portable due to not weighing much.
5. Roland F-20 Digital Piano
The Roland F-20 Digital piano features an 88-key weighted Ivory Feel-G Keyboard together with Escapement for some truly authentic grand piano feel.
As you would expect this good quality digital piano comes with both recording and metronome functions. The piano also includes an onboard rhythm/auto accompaniment, which is less than on the Yamaha DGX650B, but still sufficient for a beginner. A plus is also that it comes with a diverse selection of sounds beyond the piano.
The minuses for this digital piano might be that it lacks DIN MIDI In/Out ports, but then again it has iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch piano apps, which come useful for beginners in the process of learning to play.